The Justice Department is appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee to oversee the growing probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties between the Trump campaign.
Fleeing, unarmed people shot in the back. Mentally ill men and women, not suspected of any crime, stunned by a Taser while they lay on the ground. People already detained or incapacitated who were beaten, with police accounts falsely describing the force as necessary. A 161-page report from the Justice Department details harrowing accounts of excessive force by the Chicago Police Department and highlights systemic failures that allow the violence to continue even as members of the public attempt to protest or report the brutality.
Imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is seeking a presidential commutation of the 14-year sentence he's serving for his corruption conviction. U.S. Department of Justice spokeswoman Dena W. Iverson said Friday the department has received a petition for commutation from Blagojevich.